We believe the ‘River Valley’ is worth celebrating! it gives all ages year-round access to some of the best hiking, biking, fishing & exploring! Whether fishing in the waters off the Des Moines river, exploring along trails in Ledges State Park, enjoying music in our natural amphitheaters or exploring the art and cultural scene we set up in the middle of beautiful McHose Park, festival- goers will discover and celebrate the beauty of Boone Co. for themselves.
StepOutside named Boone River Valley Festival #9 in their Top 10 List of Iowa’s Best Outdoor Festivals!

Memorial weekend in Boone County IA is where to be! Scroll through for the whole weekend of fun including 16 events with the help of over 20 organizations– all in 3 days!


10AM- On the River- at the Arboretum (Iowa Arboretum, 1875 Peach Ave., Madrid) Storytime and crafty snack! (Free/ All ages) 

11AM- Walk and Talk (Iowa Arboretum, 1875 Peach Ave., Madrid) Tour the grounds with Horticulture Project Manager, Leah Worth. (Free/ All ages)

4:30PM- Official BRVF Kick-Off & Block Party Fun for the whole family! Live music, food trucks and more! (Free/ All ages)

6PM- Family {1-mile} Fun Run Meet on west side of the block party. Participants get 1-free Tropical Sno cone or 1-Free beer at the finish line! (All ages)


8AM- Adventures in Outdoor Photography (Old ice skating shelter; Park Ave., Boone) Beginner to the camera or a po, come learn a few tips to make your pics Instagram- worth! (Free/ All ages)

8AM-12PM Youth {16 yrs old and younger} Fishing Derby (Don Williams Park, 610 H. Ave., Ogden) Meet at the Open air shelter by the Marina Boat Ramp, last registration at 11:30A. Join Boone County Conservation for fishing fun! Parent must accompany children. (Free/ All ages)

8AM- Ledges State Park/ “Wild” Hike (Meet at Oak Woods Picnic Area; 1515 P Ave., Madrid) Join park staff for a hike to explore the incredible “wildness” that Ledges has to offer. (Free/ All ages) 

8:30AM- Bags Tournament (Saints Avenue Restaurant, 1312 S. Story St., Boone) Registration at 8:30; Games go from 9am until completion. Cash prizes for top 3 winning teams! (All ages)

2PM- Outdoors at Ericson (Ericson Public Library, 702 Greene St., Boone) Come for story time and crafts inside the Ericson Courtyard (Free/ All ages)

3PM- Geocaching at Ledges (Meet at the Upper Picnic Area/ near campground entrance, 1515 P Ave., Madrid) Join Ledges naturalists for a modern-day treasure hunt! (Free/ all ages)

5PM- Gates Open! (Seven Oaks Recreation, 222nd Dr., Boone) 

 Tickets available online now! 

The 4th annual Boone River Valley Festival is excited to announce the HEADLINER—the latest of THREE platinum- selling bands ROCKING the stage at Seven Oaks Saturday night on May 23rd!
While their popularity is fueled by a string of recognizable hit singles and legendary albums such as “Sister Christian”, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”, “When You Close Your Eyes”, the anthemic “(You Can Still) Rock In America”, along with “Sentimental Street”, “Goodbye”, “Sing Me Away”, and “Four in the Morning”, NIGHT RANGER has both epitomized and transcended a sound that goes well beyond the arena rock era! With 17 Million albums sold worldwide, over 3500 live performances, and a radio audience that exceeds 1 Billion, Night Ranger continues to expand their ever-growing fan-base- proving that powerful songs, plus accomplished musicians is the perfect formula for timeless success. Recently celebrating the 35th Anniversary of their first two albums, Dawn Patrol & Midnight Madness, they’re continuing to write and produce new rock material, including their latest single “Truth” (2018) and most recent album “Don’t Let Up” (2017).

We have two ROCK GODS sharing the stage, including-first up, SKID ROW! Famous for their rock and roll attitude that dominated the world in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Skid Row has achieved gold and multi-platinum record sales AND a Billboard No. 1 album chart topper. Now, the band is back on the road for their rebellious tour, United World Rebellion featuring songs like “Youth Gone Wild,” “I Remember You,” “18 and Life,” and “Monkey Business.”
Plus the amazing GREAT WHITE! Changes? Yeah, they’ve had ‘em. Fallen off the path? Guilty. Slowed down? No way. Never. Don’t ever count these guys out of the game. The band is READY to ROCK full-steam ahead into 2020 with an honoring nod to the past. Include the Grammy nominated Best Hard Rock Performance hit, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” plus “Rock Me,” “Mista Bone,” “Save Your Love,” “House of Broken Love,” and “Lady Red Light”, Great White has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, has six Top 100 Billboard hits, nine Top 200 Billboard albums, two platinum albums, and clocked the top of MTV four times. The latest and 12th studio album, Elation, garnered high accolades including on the emotional, Top 10 classic rock radio entry, “Hard To Say Goodbye.”We’re almost out of LIMITED early bird tickets for these THREE MULTI PLATINUM- SELLING BANDS! On sale NOW for ONLY $39 /VIP $55! After they’re gone- the price jumps $10. Go to www.BooneRiverValleyFestival.com TODAY!

We’re stoked to share Iowa’s own Saucy Jack will be kicking off our little shin-dig in May! The life of the party since 1998, Saucy Jack features Stacy Peterson on bass guitar and vocals, Jim Poffenberger on guitar and vocals, and Andy Shelly on drums. Saucy Jack covers all your favorite classic rock songs from the 70’s and 80’s and have had the opportunity to open the show for such great acts as REO, Chicago, Loverboy, The Guess Who, Marshall Tucker Band, Firehouse, Head East, Molly Hatchet, and many more! Check them out at www.SaucyJackRocks.com

NO OUTSIDE FOOD or BEVERAGES. We will have plenty of beverages at the concert along with some amazing food truck offerings! CLEAR BAGS ONLY ALLOWED IN VENUE- and BAGS WILL BE CHECKED!




8:45AM- Community-wide Worship Service & Pancake Feed (Goeppinger Field/ Boone HS football field, Boone) Inter-denominational outdoor community-wide church service with free pancake breakfast- thanks to Fareway Stores in Boone! (Free/ All ages)

10AM- Arts in the Park (Main Shelter, McHose Park, Boone) A community favorite! Join us for dozens of hand crafted art, craft & vintage items, the Market, plus free live music from 11-3pm, Kid’s Corner with free books from Ericson Library, face painting and more. Food trucks and (new this year) the Garage Art car show. (Free entry/ All ages)

10AM- Garage Art Car Show (Main Shelter, McHose Park, Boone) Come see the best in the Midwest- and enjoy all free music, kids activities, the food options, and more since you’re right next to Arts in the Park! (Free entry/ All ages)

8:30PM- “The Ledges” documentary screening (Ledges State Park, outdoor amphitheater) Meet at the upper park entrance. Enjoy celebrating Ledges’ 100 years of history! (Free/ All ages)